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Old 04-07-2022, 12:57   #1
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CAN OF PAINT EXPLODED IN COCKPIT

What a mess! It was a spray can of rustoleum. Is sanding the only way to remove it from the fiberglass or is there a safe stripper that can be used. Once I get it off what polish can I use for the fiberglass. Also what do I use on the non-skid to get it off. Thank god I didn't have my new s s bimini up!!
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What a mess! It was a spray can of rustoleum. Is sanding the only way to remove it from the fiberglass or is there a safe stripper that can be used. Once I get it off what polish can I use for the fiberglass. Also what do I use on the non-skid to get it off. Thank god I didn't have my new s s bimini up!!
Acetone should shift it.
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Acetone might work, it will remove a lot of stuff. Wear chemical resistant gloves, pour a little on a rag and try dabbing it. If that doesn't work try covering area with well soaked rag and wait a few minutes giving it time to soak in.
Acetone shouldn't hurt the gelcoat but watch it on other surfaces.
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After that I go to MEK , But that has to be used very sparingly and carefully
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I'd try citrus paint stripper, first. If it does the job, it's a bit easier on you than acetone. Acetone will be faster and is easily available, many places. Its vapors are not good for you to breathe. (Too much exposure leads to liver damage.)

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I'd try citrus paint stripper, first. If it does the job, it's a bit easier on you than acetone. Acetone will be faster and is easily available, many places. Its vapors are not good for you to breathe. (Too much exposure leads to liver damage.)

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You could always just rename your boat the ďJackson PollockĒ!
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Zengirl, what a mess! I hope it cleans up OK. Were you there when it happened?

Nornally I would start with whatever the clean-up solvent is on the can and go stronger from there, test in an inconspicuous place, etc...
You might also try a soft scouring pad or a 'magic eraser' or whatever they call them nowadays. Some of the paint might have a weak bond since it was not intentionally sprayed. This happened to me, daughter was painting in the garage and got contrasting color paint flecks all over my good motorcycle. Because it was overspray it more or less wiped off, maybe some Windex or soapy water or something else but no solvents that time.
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If you caught it within a couple days, it shouldn't take a very strong solvent. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be. Google "graffiti remover" which you might be able to find in a local hardware store if you live in or near a bigger city. Graffiti Remover will remove fresh paint easily, without damaging older paint underneath.
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Dang. I had a scuba tank full at 3,000 psi overheat and blow its 4,000 psi safety disks deafening everyone on board.
So even 50 pound tanks blow.
Mothers wax every boat Iíve owned while others buy boat stuff.
first step is mother dewaxer. It will remove a great deal of paint from the glass.
Second step Clay bar. With the bar you are going to work all the material out of the pours. It should come up real clear.
Third step Dawn dish soap wash rinse.
Mothers Sealer. Paint wonít stick to mothers sealer and itís an extra UV inhibitor.
Itís probably can stain any cracks but otherwise should be a problem to remove. Teak will be more problem. Two part bleach
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You might try calling the Rustoleum folks. Whatever you do, try it on a less noticeable spot first.
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Acetone might work, it will remove a lot of stuff. Wear chemical resistant gloves, pour a little on a rag and try dabbing it. If that doesn't work try covering area with well soaked rag and wait a few minutes giving it time to soak in.
Acetone shouldn't hurt the gelcoat but watch it on other surfaces.
I was told acetone was bad for fiberglass. True? or Not? Thanks.
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If's it's hours old I'd try 'GOOF OFF' - the clear stuff in the can, not the orange spray. If that fails I'd follow JPA CATE's advice and use paint stripper/remover.
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I was told acetone was bad for fiberglass. True? or Not? Thanks.
No it just takes any wax off. Well this assumes there is gelcoat over the actual fiberglass.
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Why not use marine paint & varnish remover-doesn’t hurt FRP. West Marine sells a reasonably priced version -works great. Just paint on with a chip brush, wait for color change, scrape off, hose & done. Just rewax after using.
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